Colorado Springs firefighter accused of stealing nearly $200k through construction company

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) — The owner of Fortified Options, a Colorado Springs firefighter, faces theft costs totaling just about $200,000 immediately after numerous people claimed incomplete jobs.

In accordance to an arrest affidavit, Jared Whiteman and his spouse Jamy Whiteman failed to maintain their customers’ money in trust for payment, over-invoiced their buyers for operate, took down payments for projects, failed to full any perform, and did not refund the shopper. The affidavit suggests individuals factors are viewed as theft.

According to Fortified Solution’s web-site, the business is a “comprehensive-assistance construction business in Colorado Springs.” The business “assists the two the residential and business purchasers in satisfying their home construction and transforming requirements everywhere in Colorado.”

The web site goes on to say the Whiteman’s “have a lot more than 20 years of blended knowledge in the development sector.”

Court docket paperwork say the El Paso County Sheriff’s Business office gained theft studies from six people. Investigators identified the whole theft amount of money from the families is $197,690.45.

Below is a breakdown of the approximated theft for each family:

  1. $41,422.23
  2. $27,717.45
  3. $27,329.77
  4. $78,412.38
  5. $13,940.37
  6. $20,471.85

In addition, the affidavit reported 20 business entities had been victims of Whiteman’s.

The affidavit states the volume of theft was calculated after examining customers’ contracts, payments, copies of invoices, and copies of interaction. As nicely as Fortified Solutions’ copies of contracts, invoices, interaction, bank documents, and subcontractors’ or suppliers’ copies of invoices and statements.

In accordance to court paperwork, all of the workers and prospects interviewed reported Whiteman “routinely advertised himself as an straightforward businessman for the reason that he is a firefighter employed by the Colorado Springs Hearth Office and mainly because he is a Christian.”

The affidavit goes on to say, “they dependable him with their salaries and down payments and ended up with nothing at all to present for it. The two his personnel and his customers, no matter if victims of theft or not, have described remaining cheated and lied to by Mr. Whiteman.”

Whiteman turned himself in at the El Paso County Jail on June 28, 2022. He was booked into jail for Theft ($100k-$Million), a class 3 felony.

The Colorado Springs Fireplace Division confirmed Whiteman is still employed by the CSFD and is presently on compensated administrative leave. He’s been with the department given that 2017.